Seeking Expert Advice for Chest Pain? Consult Today!

Seeking Expert Advice for Chest Pain? Consult Today!
Published on, 11 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Yao-Ching Huang and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm concerned about my friend. He often gets sudden chest pain on the left side, especially when he breathes in. Along with this, he feels nauseous and sometimes vomits. He's been to multiple doctors, some suggesting it might be asthma, while others think it's related to high cholesterol. Despite exercising regularly and avoiding cholesterol-rich foods, he hasn't seen any improvement. What do you suggest he should do next?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Your friend's symptoms are concerning and require prompt attention. While chest pain can have various causes, including asthma and high cholesterol, the combination of sudden left-sided chest pain, worsened by breathing, along with nausea and vomiting, suggests a potentially serious underlying issue, possibly related to his heart.


Since your friend hasn't seen improvement despite medical advice, it's wise for him to seek a second opinion or consult with a specialist such as a cardiologist. They can perform additional tests like an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, or stress test to assess his heart health more comprehensively.


In the meantime, it's crucial for him to continue his healthy habits of exercise and avoiding cholesterol-rich foods, as these can benefit his overall heart health. However, given the severity and persistence of his symptoms, it's important not to delay seeking further medical attention.


Encourage your friend to prioritize his health and seek a thorough evaluation with a healthcare professional. 




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